Get set for another round of Felix-to-the-Yankees mania. YES Network TV commentator Michael Kay apparently went on air tonight saying that a “Mariners person” or something to that effect, had told him Hernandez could be had for the right offer. If you ask me, Hernandez stays put for the rest of this season. After this season, well, hey, I could use a trip to Dallas for the winter meetings. Good steak. Not quite as good as El Gaucho or Daniel’s Broiler once you throw in the wine, but the meat is good.
New York scored again to go up by eight runs and then it was time to back up the garbage trucks in the seventh. Three straight hits by the Mariners, including an RBI single by Justin Smoak to make it a 9-2 game.
Good night for Smoak tonight with a rare multi-hit game.
7:27 p.m.: Look out 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers! Here come the Mariners and it’s a train wreck heading right for your front door! That’s right, folks, loss No. 16 in a row has pretty much been secured after a Mariners implosion in the fourth that makes it 8-1 for the Yankees. The Dodgers lost that many back when Larry Stone began covering baseball (see chart below) but are about to be matched.
New York scored five runs, four of them unearned after the Mariners committed two errors in the inning. Adam Kennedy booted a one-out grounder by fellow Montrealer (my fellow, not Kennedy’s) Russell Martin. Andruw Jones then was awarded an infield single even though Jason Vargas got to the bag first and took a flip throw in time. Bad call by the umpire. Jones even stepped on Vargas’s foot, causing the pitcher to fall down.
Anyhow, Vargas then gave up two singles to get the scoring started. Dustin Ackley then threw a ball away at home plate trying to nab the runner from third. Everyone moved up a base and then Vargas allowed another run on a sac fly and another hit…anyhow, you get the message. Not a good inning. Vargas is done after four innings, his trade value probably the lowest it’s been all month.
Chris Ray is now in the game.
It’s almost safe enough for the Mariners to start scoring again.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has this little tidbit on Brandon League. Looks like the M’s are not keen on trading him. Not tonight, anyway.
By the way, for those wondering, here is a list of baseball’s all-time leaders for consecutive losses in a season:
1899 Spiders 24
1961 Phillies 23
1890 Pirates 23
1988 Orioles 21
1969 Expos 20
1943 Athletics 20
1943 Athletics 20
1906 Red Sox 20
2005 Royals 19
1975 Tigers 19
1906 Braves 19
1914 Reds 19
1948/59 Twins 18
1897 Cardinals 18
1962 Mets 17
1944 Dodgers 16
2011 MARINERS 15
7:04 p.m.: Seattle got a run in the top of the third when Justin Smoak doubled and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by Ichiro. But Jason Vargas gave it back on a Derek Jeter home run to right field that makes it 3-1 for the Yankees after three.
6:34 p.m.: Much better second inning by Jason Vargas, who gets the side 1-2-3 but still trails 2-0. The Mariners have gone six up and six down versus Freddy Garcia.
6:24 p.m.: We’ve got a 6 p.m. PT start time after the rain delay of almost two hours. The tarps are off the field and Jason Vargas and company are warming up, trying to see whether the M’s can snap this 15-game losing streak.
Vargas did not have a good start to this game, walking Curtis Granderson with one out and then serving up a two-run bomb — full service with a meal and a movie — to Mark Teixeira to make it 2-0 New York. The pitch was a 2-2 offering and the ball was last seen landing in the second deck in left.